Concert Review – Triumphant Quartet

Last Friday night, my church hosted Triumphant in concert.  Though we only had about 3 weeks or so to get the word out, the main floor of the church was basically full, with some folks in the balcony as well.  I would guess the crowd somewhere between 250-300, which we were very pleased to see considering it was the Friday after Memorial Day.  The concert lasted about 2 hours, and as you’ll see, included some really nice surprises.  Here is the set list:

  • Amazed At The Change
  • Someday We’ll Know
  • Jesus Built This Church On Love
  • Do You Know That You Know
  • Whiter Than Snow
  • What A Wonderful Day
  • Goodbye World, Goodbye – Piano and Harmonica Duet
  • Everyday
  • Old White Flag
  • Piano Medley
  • The Great I Am Still Is

Intermission

  • Long Black Train (a request for my son!)
  • He Touched Me
  • Just A Little Talk With Jesus
  • What A Friend We Have In Jesus
  • What A Day That Will Be
  • When The Trumpet Sounds

Triumphant hit the ground running and never looked back.  “Amazed” is a good song to open with, and following it up with a high energy rendition of “Someday” firmly cemented the crowd in the palm of their hands.  Triumphant’s highlight of the night to me was David Sutton’s rendition of “Whiter Than Snow”.  They absolutely nailed the song, and brought the crowd to their feet.  “Everyday”, the title cut to their latest CD, also goes over even better live.  I was a bit interested to see how they would end it, since they use a fade out on the studio cut, and they go back to the “If they’re lost…” bridge, sing the first two lines, and invert the harmony up on the last line.  Really nice touch.  The crowd also ate up “Old White Flag”.  It was kind of surprising, even though Clayton Inman is from this area and he had a lot of family in attendance, there was still a decent number of people who had not seen Triumphant before, so they REALLY got into Clayton’s bluegrass act.  Jeff Stice is an incredible pianist, and played a medley that included “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “Climb Every Mountain” among other songs.  Scotty Inman then sang a very powerful version of “The Great I Am Still Is” before intermission.  When they were at Faith last year I missed this song, as I was having to take my 3 year old (at the time) son out of the sanctuary, so it was nice to be able to hear it this time.  What a great song.

After the intermission, and after Eric Bennett sang “Long Black Train” for my son (who is a train fanatic and loves that song), we were absolutely treated to 3 songs that were completely unexpected.  Our church quartet had opened the concert with our former tenor who was there and sang with us.  Eric called up Lawrence and asked him to sing tenor, then called up Dale Shipley (who was in attendance) to sing lead, and called Clayton’s brothers Greg and Keith up to sing baritone and bass, respectively.  Jeff Stice then accompanied this “scrap iron” quartet on “He Touched Me” and “Just A Little Talk With Jesus.”  I can tell you with certainty that it was completely unplanned and unrehearsed, but they all did a very admirable job.  After those two songs, Clayton had Greg, Keith, Greg’s wife Kelly, and his other brother Phil to join him, and they gathered around one microphone and sang an acappella version of “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” that would absolutely blow your socks off.  Eric was so moved by the rendition that he had David Sutton sing “What A Day” and then gave the invitation.  Triumphant then left the stage with a burning hot rendition of “When The Trumpet Sounds” that they ended up having to encore.  I had surmised when I reviewed Everyday that “Trumpet” would be a great song live, and it was.

Triumphant has been stable in their lineup for seven years or so now, and that stability continues to reap massive dividends.  Their familiarity with each other both musically and personally really comes through in their performances.  Scotty told me that they hadn’t done “Whiter Than Snow” in 6 months or more, but you’d have never known it from the performance.  These guys really know how to give an enjoyable concert, but their sensitivity to the Spirit is equally as evident, as the time from “What A Friend” through the invitation showed.  Go and see these guys if they are in your area, you’ll regret it if you miss them!

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About Wes Burke
I'm a .NET developer and Southern Gospel music fan. Married with a wonderful family.

One Response to Concert Review – Triumphant Quartet

  1. Diana says:

    Sounds like a terrific concert! I hope they sing Whiter Than Snow at their concert Saturday in Gainesville. I’ve heard it and I absolutely love the way they sing it.

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